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New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

New Orleans, LA

Mar 18 2020 - Mar 22 2020

Price: TBA

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The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience consists of a number of events at restaurants and other locations around New Orleans. Events you can attend include wine dinners, wine tastings, labs presented by chefs and wine professionals, a round-table discussion on sustainable, natural wines, and a parade with wine tents along the route. Because of the focus on wine, you must be at least 21 to attend these events. Proceeds from the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience benefit local food pantries and culinary schools.

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT

Here is a sampling of some of the events that will occur during the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience. You must be at least 21 to attend these events.

Wine dinners

Beginning on March 18, a variety of events will be offered during the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, including special events at different restaurants. A list of restaurants will be available closer to the beginning of the festival. The wine dinners will give you the opportunity to learn about wine and food pairings and about different wineries.

Vinola

Vinola is a fine-wine tasting event featuring wines from around the world presented by the winemakers. Food samples from a variety of restaurants will also be available. Vinola will be held on March 19 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Ticket package subscribers can enter the event at 1:30 p.m. The event will be at Capital on Baronne at 210 Baronne Street, Suite 100.

Royal Street Stroll

The Royal Street Stroll is the signature New Orleans parade for the Wine & Food Experience. It will be held between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on March 19, running from the 300 block to the 800 block of Royal Street. The stroll is led by the world-famous Krewe of Cork, and renowned winemakers serve as grand marshals. Be sure to bring a wine-themed costume. During the parade, you can enjoy jazz, historic architecture, antiques, art, and wine. Shop the galleries and enjoy food and wine at tents along the route.

Experiences and labs

Experiences are one-of-a-kind events that feature New Orleans culture in an interactive wine and food opportunity. Choose one or more for a highlight to your visit.

A large selection of labs conducted by wine professionals and chefs will also be held. Topics will include trends in the wine industry and the culinary world.

Natural Wines Round Table

This lab starts with a discussion of how natural wine is defined, what is needed to produce natural wines, and characteristics of a natural producer. Various natural wine issues such as sustainability, organic methods, biodynamics, minimal intervention, orange, and sulfur will be discussed. Additional sources of information will be provided. At the same time, you can sample natural wines. This lab will be held on Friday, March 20 between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute at 725 Howard Avenue.

Purely Pinot: An Interactive Tasting Exploration

Jackson Family Wines is sponsoring this lab teaching participants how to taste wines. You will use an app to analyze the aroma, flavor, body, and other characteristics of several pinot noir wines. The audience responses will be charted, and you can compare your responses with the group assessment. This lab will be held on Friday, March 20 between 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. at the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute at 725 Howard Avenue.

Sweet Indulgence: Dessert Wines

This lab teaches you how to pair wines with cheeses and desserts. This lab will be held on Friday, March 20 between 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. at Le Salon at the Windsor Court on 300 Gravier Street.

Additional events

There also will be a Tournament of Roses and a Grand Tasting both Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

LOCATION

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience events are being held at numerous restaurants and other locations around New Orleans. You should check individual events to see where they are being held.

RVING AT THE EVENT

There are no special accommodations for RVs at the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience. However, if you rent an RV from RVshare and camp nearby, you can have easy access to all of the events.

WHERE TO STAY

For RVers, RVshare has a list of New Orleans campgrounds where you can stay to access the festival.

If you are not RVing, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience has a list of recommended hotels on the event's website.

HOW TO GET THERE

Since events for the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience are held at multiple locations, you can call the location for the event to receive directions. 

PARKING

If you are attending the events with an RV, you should check with your campground to receive parking recommendations. For passenger vehicles, many paid parking lots can be found in the downtown area.

TICKETS & PRICING

Tickets can be purchased for individual events, or you can choose between three ticket packages. 

The Tasting Package provides access to the Royal Street Stroll, the Grand Tasting on Friday evening, and the Grand Tasting on Saturday afternoon.

The Connoisseur Package adds Vinola, three labs, and the NOWFE after-party.

The VIP Package includes the events available with the other ticket packages plus a fourth lab. 

For convenience, you can transfer your ticket information to a wristband.

WRAP UP

To be featured on the RVshare blog and other social media sites, please share your photos and stories about the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience or any other events you attend. Send your experiences to memories@rvshare.com. 

Follow the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience on Snapchat via @NOWFE for all the latest updates.